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Appeals Court Upholds Law Barring Protests On Supreme Court Building Property

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A Federal Appeals Court has upheld a 1949 law that bars protesters from the property around the Supreme Court building. This seems inconsistent with the Court’s recent First Amendment jurisprudence.

Virginia Man Dies After Being Held In Jail For Four Months Without Trial Or Bail

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Four months in jail, no opportunity for bail, no trial, no access to mental health care. And, now Jamycheal Mitchell is dead.

The Daily News Crosses The Line From Journalism To Murder Porn

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A front page cover on yesterday’s murders in Virginia crosses the line from reporting to exploitation.

Candidate Loyalty Oaths Are Unenforceable And Unconstitutional

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States who try to use loyalty oaths to keep Donald Trump off the ballot will be running afoul of the Constitution.

Reporter And Cameraman Shot To Death Live On The Air In Virginia

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A reporter and cameraman for a local television station were killed, and a third person wounded, live on the air this morning.

The “Anchor Baby” Myth

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There are no “anchor babies,” there are only Americans.

N.L.R.B. Denies Student Athletes’ Bid To Unionize

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The National Labor Relations Board refused to certify an effort by athletes at Northwestern University to unionize.

Connecticut Supreme Court Declares Death Penalty Unconstitutional

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Connecticut eliminated the death penalty several years ago, and now the state’s Supreme Court has ruled that the men remaining on death row cannot be executed.

Defying A Court Order, Kentucky Clerk Refuses To Issue Marriage Licenses To Gay Couples

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A Clerk in Kentucky appears to be headed for a showdown with a Federal District Court Judge that she is destined to lose.

Colorado Jury Spares James Holmes From Death Penalty In Aurora Movie Theater Shooting Case

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Somewhat surprisingly, a jury in Colorado was unable to agree on a unanimous death sentence for Aurora movie theater shooter James Holmes.

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law

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A Federal Appeals Court has dealt a setback to Texas in the battle over its Voter ID Law.

Former Aide To Ron Paul And Rand Paul Indicted In Campaign Finance Inquiry

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A former campaign manager and close adviser to both former Texas Congressman Ron Paul and Kentucky Congressman Rand Paul has been indicted in connection with a scheme that involved payments to an Iowa politician to switch endorsements in advance of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses: Jesse Benton, a longtime ally of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) who […]

Driven Largely By Republicans, Public Opinion On The Supreme Court Hits A Low

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Public opinion on the Supreme Court has declined significantly, largely because Republicans don’t like the Supreme Court very much right now.

Chinese Courts Allow Blatant Ripoff of Air Jordan Brand

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China adds to its status as the honey badger of intellectual property law.

Cincinnati Cop Indicted For Murder In Traffic Stop Shooting Death

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A police officer in Cincinnati has been indicted for murder in a case that seems to be a pretty clear cut example of improper use of force.

Chris Christie Still Has Reefer Madness

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Chris Christie says he would ignore states that have legalized marijuana if he became President. Fortunately, he will most likely never be President.

Jonathan Pollard To Be Released November 21st

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After 30 years in prison, Jonathan Pollard will be released later this year.

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady’s Deflategate Suspension

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Not surprisingly, Tom Brady’s appeal of his Deflategate suspension was not successful.

The Prison-Industrial Complex

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The problem goes beyond the War on Drugs.

U.S. Considering Releasing Jonathan Pollard?

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Reports are circulating that the Obama Administration is considering releasing Jonathan Pollard, and many are seeing it as an effort to placate Israel in the wake of the Iran deal.

Texas Appeals Court Tosses One Of Two Counts Against Rick Perry

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A big win in Court for the former Texas Governor, but it’s unclear what this means politically.

Special Prosecutors For Police-Involved Shootings?

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Removing the responsibility to investigate police misconduct from the prosecutors who have to work with those police on a daily basis is a good idea.

Charleston Shooter Dylann Roof Indicted On Federal Hate Crimes Charges

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Dylann Roof has been indicted in Federal Court for completely unnecessary reasons.

The Bland Arrest Video

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An authoritarian ego trip for all to see.

Another Troubling Police Encounter with a Black Motorist

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A few days late, but a story worth noting if it has escaped notice.

More on Cosby

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Via the BBC: Bill Cosby ‘offered women money’ for silence after sex American comedian Bill Cosby admitted trying to pay women to keep quiet after having sex with them, according to testimony obtained by the New York Times. […] After Ms Constand became upset and returned to her native Canada, Mr Cosby offered to pay […]

EEOC Finds That A 50 Year Old Law Bans Something It Doesn’t Even Mention

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Relying on a particularly strained and incredulous legal analysis, the EEOC has ruled that laws against discrimination based on gender also bar discrimination based on sexual orientation.

James Holmes Found Guilty In Aurora Theater Shooting Trial

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Almost exactly three years after the attack on a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, James Holmes was found guilty late yesterday.

Four Marines Killed In Shootings At Chattanooga Military Sites

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Tragedy in Tennessee.

Texas Is Being Sued For Refusing To Issue Birth Certificates To American Citizens

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Despite the clear language of the 14th Amendment, Texas is apparently refusing to issue birth certificates to some children born in the United States whose parents happen to be in the country illegally.

Donald Trump’s Arguments About Immigrants And Crime Are Based On Lies

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Contrary to what Donald Trump claims, immigrants are less likely to commit crime than others.

President Obama Commutes Sentences Of 46 Federal Drug Offenders

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A good first step, but there’s a lot more than needs to be done to reform the criminal justice system.

Dylann Roof Case Reveals That Background Checks Don’t Always Work

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New information in the Dylann Roof case shows that the background check system used for gun purchases is still prone to human error.

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell Loses Appeal On Corruption Conviction

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Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is likely going to Federal Prison very soon.

Federal Judge Upholds Revocation Of Redskins Trademarks

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A Federal Judge has uphold a Patent Office ruling revoking the Redskins Trademarks on the ground that they are “disparaging” toward Native Americans.

Will the Last Cosby Defender Turn off the Lights on the Way out…

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Via the BBC:  Bill Cosby admitted he gave woman drugs before sex In his 2005 testimony, Mr Cosby admitted that he obtained Quaaludes in the 1970s, with the intent of giving it to women he wanted to have sex with. The case was brought by Andrea Constand, a former employee of Temple University – the […]

Kentucky Clerk Sued For Refusing To Issue Licenses For Same-Sex Marriages

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A County Clerk in Kentucky is being sued because she thinks she can refuse to do her job and still keep that job.

Federal Government Threatens To Hold Up New Redskins Stadium Unless Team Changes Name

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The Federal Government is threatening to hold up plans for a new Redskins stadium unless the team changes its name.

From Bork, To Kennedy, To Obergefell

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He definitely wouldn’t appreciate it, but in some sense you can thank Robert Bork for the Supreme Court’s opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges.

Past Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage Could Hurt Republicans In The Future

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A long history of opposing marriage equality could end up hurting Republicans even though that battle is over in this country.

Supreme Court To Hear Case Involving Employees Rights And Public Employee Unions

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a major case about public employee unions that could go a long way toward restraining their power.

Majority Supports SCOTUS Decisions On Obamacare And Marriage, According To New Poll

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A new poll shows that solid majorities of Americans support the Supreme Court’s decisions on Obamacare subsidies and marriage. It’s a different story for Republicans.

Getting Government Out Of Marriage Is A Fantasy, Not A Solution

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The Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality seems to have revived an idea that has been mentioned before, but as it has always been, the idea of “getting government out of marriage” is little more than a simplistic slogan.

Supreme Court Agrees To Wade Back Into The Affirmative Action Debate

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The Supreme Court agreed yesterday to wade back into the thorny issue of race and higher education.

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Death Penalty

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The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the way the death penalty is administered, dealing a serious blow to opponents of the death penalty.

Supreme Court Approves States Outsourcing Redistricting to Commissions

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SCOTUS has upheld the use of election commissions to draw Congressional district lines.

A Look At The Remaining Legal Challenges To Obamacare

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There are still legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act pending after King v. Burwell, but they aren’t quite as substantial as what we’ve seen over the last five years.

Texas Attorney General Tells Clerks They Can Ignore The Constitution If They Want To

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The Attorney General of Texas is responding to the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling by telling Clerk’s who issue marriage license that they are free to ignore the law.

The Law of the Land is the Law of the Land

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There’s a lot of pandering and outright nonsense in the wake of the Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage.

The Supreme Court as Sitting Constitutional Convention

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Debating the proper role of the judiciary.

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